Category Archives: Best Of
Notable Mention: Time After Time – Eva Cassidy (2000)
There are remakes and then there are remakes. A lot of times, remakes are not as good as the originals. But sometimes, an artist puts their own spin on an already great song and the result is even better than the original.
This title was held by by Alien Ant Farm for a few years with their remake of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal which is still one of my favorite.
Eva Cassidy’s version of Time After Time was recorded in 1996 but released in 2000 four years after her death. The first time I heard it was on the Smallville soundtrack.
Great songwriter. Great talent. Great album. (Seemingly) Great future. Then… nothing!
Did You Know? Teddy Geiger was the “talent” on the cable show Love Monkey.
Haven’t heard it? Google/YouTube it. You’ll hate me later.
It doesn’t get more cheesy teen-pop than this but I just love singing to this song.
In this decade, we also saw country become more and more mainstream. In fact, turn on a country station and you might not even be able to tell. So many country songs could easily be pop songs. And so many new country artists sound like rock.
Who Says You Can’t Go Home is my favorite crossover. Hey, who says you can’t be a 20+ year old band and build new fan-base by venturing into another genre doing a duet with an up-and-coming artist (of that genre).
I’m sorry. I just can’t stand this song!!!! Why does she have to be so whiny!!! ARGH!!! This song was overplayed the first time it was played.
Mmm… let’s say you’re young, hot, (some what) talented and trying to break into the industry. What’s a good way to get your song noticed? I know! Drop a name of someone famous who’s already in the industry.
I mean, sure, there’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere (Alan Jackson drops Jimmy Buffet) and names are dropped left and right in rap songs. But how many chicks says “hey, when you think of some macho dude, think of me”?
This category really should be “Best Song Santana Wasn’t On”. Seriously, though, as a guitarist, I love the concept of the rotating lead singer! 😀
Outkast – Hey Ya! (2003)
Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard (2003)
That’s What You Get – Paramore (2008)
If you’ve seen some of my other posts, you’ve probably noticed that I really enjoy the theoretical/thinking side of music. I love pop radio which usually tends to lack “musical depth”. So I love it when I hear a song with some interesting twists.
Spin – Most songs on the radio follow a very predictable pattern of 4. That is, phrases tend to repeat after 4 measures/chords and/or they repeat in multiples of 4. In the verses, the pattern repeats every 3 instead of 4.
Hey Ya! – This is another great example of changing how the count. This pattern repeats every 5 1/2 measures and it does this through the whole song.
Ocean Avenue – There isn’t a lot of playing with numbers and count on this one. I just love the rhythm the guitar is playing on this song on the verses. It’s almost like a prog rock song.
That’s What You Get – Another example of changing count. On this one, the song starts out as 6/8 then switches to 8/8 for the chorus. Check out the counter patterns between the drums and bass on the verses.
Simple. Acoustic. Crowd Pleaser
Some people might recognized Falling Slowly from Amierican Idol (covered by Kris Alan). If you haven’t seen it, you got to check out the movie Once. Awesome soundtrack.
The first time I heard Decode was at FYE waiting at the check out line. They were actually showing a video of it and (as I mentioned above) I went “Holy ***!” These guys are awesome! I love the drumming on this song (listen for the snares).
This leads me to my next set of categories. I figured I’d rate artists too…
First American Idol rocker to do well on radio.
In 2005, a brand new artist came on the scene with a song called Breathe (2AM) (a song way that should be too long for radio, BTW). A year or so later, on Oct 6th, she performed at NorthernLights. After a great performance at the meet-and-greet/CD-signing, she wrote and sang happy birthday to me because it was 2 days after my birthday. 🙂
Paramore has already won in a few categories. It should not be a surprise that I think they’re one of the hottest new acts.
Need I say more?!